Weblog Basics

What is a weblog?
In essence, a weblog is a website that is updated frequently and whose posts are arranged in a reverse chronological order. Functionally, weblogs generally allow readers to interact with the author via comment features on each post. Stylistically, weblogs typically contain a header on the top, a sidebar or two with navigational links, and a footer at the bottom. The last, but perhaps most important feature of the weblog is that all posts are syndicated – in the form of an RSS or Atom feed – allowing others to subscribe to the content (more on this later).

What is a Weblog?
Wikipedia Definition for ‘Blog’
Final Version of Weblog Definition

Where did weblogs come from?
Did you know that the very first website ever was a weblog? According to Dave Winer, the site built by Tim Berners-Lee back in 1992 was in fact a weblog, given that it was updated frequently and pointed to new sites as they came into existence. It wasn’t until the late 90s, however, that weblog software began to make its appearance, making publishing to the Web a much easier process. To read more about the history, follow the links below:

Weblogs: A History and Perspective
A Brief History of Weblogs


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